We invite you to join us for GUFC’s Second Quarterly Program, “Invasive Species and the Urban Forest,” set for Friday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Multipurpose Room at Mathis City Auditorium, 2300 North Ashley Street, Valdosta, GA 31601. Attendees will learn about invasive species in the urban forests, available treatments for invasive insects and plants, alternatives for invasive landscape trees in Georgia, and challenges and opportunities that influence the use of native plant material in commercial landscapes. Also on the agenda are Bugwood apps for Early Detection and Rapid Response. Speakers will include Karan Rawlins, Invasive Species Coordinator, Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health (Bugwood), the University of Georgia, Tifton; Rebekah Wallace, EDDMapS Data Coordinator, Bugwood; Dr. Elizabeth Benton, Forest Health Outreach Specialist Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Athens; Elizabeth Moss, Forest Health Technician, Bugwood; and Steve Sanchez, LEED AP, Principal, HGOR Landscape Architects and Planners. (photo by Karan Rawlins)
Registration: $40 GUFC members, $55 Non-members
Lunch included. CEUs will be available.
On October 7 and 8, 2016, Hurricane Matthew
pounded Georgia coastal counties with wind gusts felt 50 miles inland, and Savannah and Tybee Island experienced 71-96 miles per hour winds. The Georgia Forestry Commission surveyed the damage and
the storm-generated tree debris left, finding the highest amount of damage in Chatham County. But other communities experienced tree loss as well, and urban areas with the greatest canopy suffered the most damage. In Statesboro, for example, over a thousand trees were affected. View this video
from independent filmmaker Patrick Rippman on the effects of the storm on the Savannah-area community and its trees.
In January, 2017, 41 confirmed tornadoes struck the state of Georgia in one 36-hour period. The south Georgia area was especially devastated. The Dougherty-Worth-Turner-Wilcox tornado, for example, was a mile wide and travelled 70 miles. But other communities were affected as well, from Albany and beyond. Over 5000 acres of urban trees were affected.
will take months, but once completed, these urban landscapes will need help in recovering and restoring their canopy loss.
As someone who knows the benefits of urban trees and the tremendous loss that is experienced when trees are damaged and lost, you
can help. Please donate what you can to Georgia Urban Forest Council’s Georgia ReLeaf
fundraising drive to restore tree canopy in South Georgia. All funds raised will go directly to providing trees to these towns and cities, and donations are fully tax-deductible. Thank you!
Please share that you’ve donated,and encourage others!
Georgia Forestry Commission Tree Care Training Session
Thursday, March 30, 2017, 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Julian Smith BBQ Pit at Lake Olmstead
3 Milledge Road Augusta, GA 30904
Registration fee: $35
Topics: Tree Risk Assessment, Pesticide Safety Usage, Urban Trees – Site and Selection, Managing Drought-Stressed Trees in 2017, Pesticide Control Measures of Invasive Species, Pesticide Use to Maintain Tree Health,Tree Care After the Storm – Abiotic and Biotic Control Measures, and 2016 Wildfire Overview and GFC/SCFP Services.
Download an agenda and CEU information here and a registration form here.
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